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Self and Other Course Pairing

Language and Literacy as Lens for Learning about Self and Other (RE 219)

In this class, we explore how the languaging process affects our understanding of literacy acquisition. By looking into our own literacy practices, we learn more about the multiple, often divergent, ways literacy develops. The goal is to build a nuanced perspective on literacy processes in order to complicate our teaching craft.

Faculty biography

Dr. Margarita Gomez is an assistant professor of literacy education. Her research focuses on the language and literacy development of culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

Material for Teaching Reading (RE 242)

Addresses selection and evaluation of print and electronic texts and identification of strategies used when teaching reading at children's instructional and developmental levels. The Maryland State Department of Education has approved this course for the Materials for Teaching Reading requirement!

Faculty biography

Dr. Wendy Smith joined the Loyola Education Department in 2003. Since then, she has taught a variety of reading courses, both graduate and undergraduate. She previously served as chair of the Teacher Education department. Wendy is an active member of the Loyola Quilting Guild, has participated in Sophomore Road Trip and multiple diversity reading groups both as a reader and as a leader. Prior to coming to Loyola, Wendy was a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Korea, a special education teacher in rural North Carolina and an assistant professor at the University of Wyoming.

Mentor biography

Amy Horst is in her fifth year with the Messina program having started with the Loyola 101 groups. She's the Head Cross Country and Track Coach and enjoys translating the teamwork aspect of coaching to helping guide first years through their developmental time at Loyola! Her favorite development modules are values discernment and Baltimore 101. Still an active runner, you'll see Amy cruising through campus with her team to smile and give high-5's, or walking her large "puppy," Joe the St. Bernard.


Virtual Advisor

This course pairing is ideal for students interested in exploring an Elementary Education major. 

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Advising and Support

7 ways Loyola helps ease the transition to college

A student shares seven ways her first year was enhanced by the people and programs at Loyola.

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